Programme and Speakers

The International VDZ Congress 2018 will take place on 26 - 28 September 2018 in Duesseldorf. The congress includes a Keynote Session and Technical Sessions you are invited to attend:

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

AfternoonHall „Maritim“
14.00 h  
Welcome and Opening
Christian Knell, President of VDZ
Keynote Session:

The Cement Plant of the Future -
Innovation and Technical Trends in Cement Production
Albert Scheuer, HeidelbergCement
Technical Trends and Innovation in the Construction Sector
Jérôme Stubler, VINCI Construction
Concrete and its Digital Fabrication
Robert Flatt, ETH Zurich
The Cement Industry on the Way to a Low Carbon Future
Martin Schneider, VDZ
The Global Cement and Concrete Association:
One Global Cement and Concrete Voice

Frank Rossini, GCCA

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Hall „Maritim“
Hall „Duesseldorf“
09.00 hTechnical Session
"Digital Measures and Projects":
Technical Session
"Sustainability and Climate Change":
Big Data Analysis in the Cement 

Fokion Tasoulas, TITAN Cement Group
Max Captive Power and Clinker

Albrecht Wolter / Jessica Thiess,
TU Clausthal
Digital in Heavy Building Materials – Starting the Transformation at HeidelbergCement
Roman Lentz, HeidelbergCement
Calix Process CO2 Separation
Technology and the LEILAC
Phil Hodgson, Calix
Industrial Internet of Things -
A Roller Mill Solution as an
Georg Locher, thyssenkrupp
Industrial Solutions
Verifying the Potential of Integrated Calcium Looping for Low-CO2 Cement
Stefano Consonni, Politecnico
di Milano
Digitalization – Leverage
Operational Efficiency in the
Cement Industry
Yun Zeng / Ömer Oydasik,
Conversion of CO2 -
A Techno-economic Assessment
Remi Chauvy, Université de Mons (UMONS)
Digital Transformation: A Survey of the German Cement Industry
Max Ellerich, RWTH Aachen
Low Carbon Energy and Feedstock for the European Chemical Industry
Kurt Wagemann, DECHEMA
How to Approach Data Evaluation in the Cement Industry
Philipp Fleiger / Martin Schneider, VDZ
CO2 Emission Reduction by Using CO2 from the Cement Industry: Myths and Facts
Carlos Abanades, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Hall „Maritim“
Hall „Duesseldorf“
13.30 hTechnical Session "Environmental
Protection Measures":
Technical Session
"Grinding Technology":
NOx Abatement in the German Cement Industry
Bernd Haegermann,
Trends in Grinding Technologies (Report from VDZ's Working Group "Grinding Technology")
Michael Müller-Pfeiffer, Dyckerhoff / Philipp Fleiger, VDZ
SCR High Dust Technology
Rüdiger Matheis, Dyckerhoff
Wide Range of Applications –
Operational Results of MVR Mills

Caroline Woywadt, Gebr. Pfeiffer
The Research Progress on NH3-SCR Technology and its
Application in China

Wang Lan, China Building
Materials Academy CBMA
Operating Experiences with an
Argo Mill

Przemyslaw Bochen, CRH Rohožnik
Emissions Reduction by Means of
Efficent Combination of
DeCONOx, Xmercury and
Sludge Drying Systems

Jürgen Thormann / Richard Morris, Schwenk Zement
Grindability Investigations of Innovative Cement Composite Materials in VRM-Grinding Plants
Winfried Ruhkamp, Loesche
Mercury Balances in the Cement

Stefan Schäfer, VDZ
Separate (Ultra-) Fine-Grinding of Cement
Kevin Treiber, VDZ
Continuous Process Gas and Mercury Emission Monitoring
Felix Bartknecht, SICK
EveningHall „Maritim“
19.30 hDinner

Friday, 28 September 2018

Hall „Maritim“
Hall „Duesseldorf“
09.00 hTechnical Session
Burning Technology":
Technical Session
"Cement and Concrete":
Waste Heat Power Generation -
From Concept to Operation

Cristian Voinitchi / Michael
Principato, HeidelbergCement
LC3 - Limestone and Calcined Clay Concrete
Karen Scrivener, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Investigations on Alternative Fuel
Combustion at the Main Firing

Nils Bodendiek, VDZ
CSA Cement in China 
Sui Tongbo, Sinoma
Drying High Moisture RDF
at Souselas

Francisco Leitão, Cimpor
Progress in the Development of
Ternocem, a Belite Yeélimite

Wolfgang Dienemann,
Retrofitting the Duna-Dráva
Cement Plant in Vác for Higher AFR Utilization Demonstrating Improved Environmental

Zsolt Szilágyi / László Szabó,
Duna-Dráva Cement
Recarbonation of Concrete -
Climate Benefit and Environmental Issues 

Jesper Damtoft, Aalborg Portland
5 Years Operational Experience with the Prototype Prepol-SC
Florian Trela, Holcim (Deutschland)
Solidia Technologies 
Vincent Meyer, LafargeHolcim
Capacity Boost and Energy
Savings – With Counter Current Heat Exchanging Cyclone

Mads Nielsen / Anders Skærlund
Petersen, FLSmidth
Performance-based Specifications for Concrete
Christoph Müller, VDZ

The programme is subject to changes and amendments.


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Participant information

The VDZ Congress 2018 will start on 26 September 2018 at noon and will end on 28 September 2018 at 12.00 h. The programme is subject to changes and amendments.